Captain Edwin Hawley Brooks, U.S. Navy (Ret) was born in Philadelphia, PA on May 20, 1930. Hawley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1953, followed by attaining the designation of Naval Aviator in 1954. His first squadron was VS-31, NAS Quonset Point, after which he served as Flight Instructor, NAS Pensacola. While serving in VA-43 NAS Oceana, he transitioned to the A4 (Skyhawk). He joined VA-86 in 1961. It was there he completed two Mediterranean cruises and took part in the Bay of Pigs Operation. He served as Assistant Air Operations Officer aboard the USS Enterprise (CVA 65) as part of Nuclear Task Force One in the Operation Sea Orbit World Cruise. In 1966, Hawley attained his Master's Degree at the USN Post Graduate School. Having served in VT 2 NAS Kingsville and VA 44 NAS Cecil, it was 1967 when he was promoted to Executive Officer/Commanding Officer of VA 36, aboard the USS Intrepid in Viet Nam. In 1969, he became Head of Aviation Enlisted Detailing at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in D.C., where he completed studies at the Industrial College of Armed Forces. In 1972, he began serving as Operations Officer and Executive Officer of the USS America (CVA 66) with cruises in Vietnam and the Mediterranean. Later he was promoted to Director of Manpower Requirements for Ships, Squadrons and Shore Establishment in D.C. His final assignment was Commanding Officer Naval Manpower Material Analysis Center Atlantic, Norfolk, where he retired after 27 years. Hawley had the unique experiences of 820 carrier landings on 15 different naval ships. He always expressed trust, gratitude and respect for the enlisted men on the decks that were so diligent at their jobs.
Among his medals are the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy Commendation Medal (2w/combat V), Air Medal (8), Vietnamese Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal (w/Bronze Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Second Order Presidential Unit Commendation.
After leaving the Navy, Hawley retired as SVP from Bank of America and founded several entrepreneurial enterprises. He continued to enjoy sailing with Kathy, and the friendships that were and are so much a part of his and Kathy's life.
Hawley is survived by his wife of 26 years, Kathryn Kidd Brooks; sister, Virginia Brooks Price; his son, Russell Brooks; and his daughter, Holly Chafey; and his grandson, Kevin Chafey. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin H. Brooks, Sr. and Adele Hartzell Brooks; son, Stephen Brooks; and grandson, Robert Chafey.
A memorial service will be held at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., 2002 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm. Interment with honors will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be donated to Wounded Warriors
or your preferred charity. Online condolences may be left for the family at hdoliver.com